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BRITISH ENVIRONMENT SEC'Y URGES EU TO APPROVE GM CROPS
National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) reports:

Genetically modified crops need to be approved by the European Union (EU), according to British Environment Secretary Owen Patterson, otherwise European agriculture is at risk of becoming "the museum of world farming."

While the UK is not an EU member state themselves, Patterson urged lawmakers to base their decision off scientific evidence, citing recent studies that show the safety and benefits of genetically modified crops.

EU member states will vote later this month whether or not to allow cultivation of insect-resistant maize. If approved, it would be the first genetically modified crop authorized for planting in the EU in over a decade. The approval will likely face considerable opposition from several countries in the EU that have previously banned growing GM crops, such as France and Italy.


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